Joining a union is protected by law

Your right to join a union is protected by law under the BC Labour Relations Code and the Canada Labour Code. These laws make it illegal for your employer to interfere in a union’s organizing campaign or discriminate against workers who want union representation.

Specifically, your employer cannot:

  • discharge, suspend, transfer, lay off or otherwise discipline workers who join a union or promote union membership to their co-workers;
  • impose contract or employment conditions that keep workers from exercising their right to organize;
  • or intimidate, fire or threaten to fire workers in an effort to stop them from becoming members of a union.